With a cast line up of Emily Watson, David Thewlis, Peter Mullan, Niels Arestrup, Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irvine, Benedict Cumberbatch, Toby Kebbell, and the amazing director Steven Spielberg, War Horse turned out to be a beautiful masterpiece.
Up until watching the movie I thought this movie was going to be completely about the war and how this horse fit into the war. The war seems like a back story to me, yeah, there is a war and it was quite a devastating war with so much bloodshed. The gentleman’s war was gone. I’m not usually a fan of war movies but I really enjoyed the emotional journey that War Horse took me on. I laughed, I cried and I thought OMG is this really going to happen. But nothing was too much. Steven Spielberg managed to go from one scene to another without showing you the gun shots. You knew they happened but you didn’t have to see it. In one scene two young boys were shot for desertion, but a windmill was turning and when they were shot the windmill blocked the action and when the windmill passed again you saw them dead on the ground. We also missed the birth of Joey. We saw from Albert’s eye, as Joey was being born he watched from behind a fence and you could tell when it happened by his sudden reaction.
War Horse is based on the Broadway production where the story is told from the horses perspective and the movie started out without words. Just music and pictures of the land and Joey. Joey was a smart horse. Albert’s dad bought Joey at an auction when he was supposed to be looking for a pulling horse. Joey was not meant for work. Albert’s dad spent too much money and it ended up where everything that family owned now rested on Joey’s ability to learn how to plow a field. Joey did it and there was hope for the family again, but then the crop was washed out by rain and they had to sell the horse to keep their house. Albert was furiously depressed to find out his father sold his horse and ran to town to beg for his horse to be returned. A war officer bought him and promised that if he could he would return Joey to him one day.
Joey touched so many lives in his four year journey during the war. He was on the English side in the beginning with the first soldier that bought him, then when the German soldiers killed all the English soldiers with machine guns Joey became a German work horse. He pulled carts and was used by the two boys I mentioned above to escape the war. They were killed on a French families’ farm and a little girl fell in love with him. The Germans came back across their land and took the Joey away from her. There he became a war horse again. This time he was used to drag those huge artillery guns. Horses died daily doing this job. It was really hard to watch. The horses were so badly mistreated. Joe escaped and then found himself in the middle of a battle field and he got caught up in the barbed wire. Ohhhh, it was another scene that was very hard to watch. Guess who joined the war, Albert did. Albert was also very brave and never gave up on finding his horse. But Albert was injured and I want you to find out how the rest of the movie goes by getting yourself to the theater to watch it.
Although some of the scenes in the movie were hard to watch, the filmography was creative, well placed and made the movie amazing. I really liked watching War Horse and can’t wait to see it again with my husband.